Merger fever sweeps profession

One of the UK's best-known family firms, 10-partner Gordon Dadds, is to merge with a commercial firm.

The merger with London firm Jepson Goff joins a spate of similar announcements.

Last week, Devon firms Kitsons and Wilde & Co unveiled a merger, as did Surrey firms Green Son & Wright and Chalton Hubbard & Annis.

Douglas Alexiou, senior partner at Gordon Dadds, said the merger would boost the “existing resources and experience” of the firm.

Partner Naomi Goodman added: “Many of our clients see us as a firm offering commercial expertise. We want to enhance that area of our practice.”

The new practice will be known as Gordon Dadds and will be based at the existing Mayfair offices. It will have 13 partners and 48 staff.

The Devon merger will see family and personal injury specialist Wilde & Co relocating to Kitsons' offices in Torquay.

The merged firm will be called Kitsons.

Newly-merged Surrey firms Green Son & Wright and Chalton Hubbard & Annis will now be called Green Wright Chalton Annis.

Tim Parsons, of Green Son & Wright, and now managing partner, said the firm would operate on a departmental basis with monthly meetings of the firm's eight partners. The firm now has a staff of 75.